Minimalist Urban Baby Essentials

A Listmania! list by chicagomom
The list author says: "Before our first child was born, we knew what we didn't like (crappy plastic, bad design, noisy annoying toys). Once we began registering, I was frustrated by the lack of excellent affordable baby products and the sheer amount of STUFF well-meaning friends and the internet told us we needed. After all, centuries of humans have survived on love, warmth, and a pair of boobs, right?

As an urban car-less mom living in a 4th floor 2 BR walk-up, every bit of space and portability counts. Spend where it matters and keeping everything else as cheap as possible."
ERGObaby Original Collection Baby Carrier, Black/Camel (Older Version)
1.  ERGObaby Original Collection Baby Carrier, Black/Camel (Older Version) by ERGObaby
The list author says:
  "If I had to choose a single piece of baby gear, this is it. The Ergo is a life-saver; 100x more comfortable than any Bjorn (and better for baby's hips); versatile (front, side, back carry); worth every penny. Buy the infant insert on CL or ebay: you won't use it for long."
$115.00
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews)

ERGO Baby - Water Resistant Weather Cover
2.  ERGO Baby - Water Resistant Weather Cover by ERGObaby
The list author says:
  "No car means we're out in the elements a lot. I was super reluctant to pay $50 for this, but I figured the cost per wear would be worth it, especially over multiple kids, plus reselling it when we're done with it."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Maya Wrap Lightly Padded Sling, Medium, Burnt Orange
3.  Maya Wrap Lightly Padded Sling, Medium, Burnt Orange by Maya Wrap
The list author says:
  "Pricey but worth it if you are looking for a 2nd carrier. Folds up to the size of a scarf; especially wonderful for newborns + the first few months. Much better and more portable than the Moby. Can be intimidating initially, but it's worth taking the time to learn (youtube, friends). Great for discreet public nursing; our daughter nursed at many a gallery opening and no one was the wiser."
$75.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Babybjorn BabySitter Balance, Black/Red
4.  Babybjorn BabySitter Balance, Black/Red by BabyBjŲrn
The list author says:
  "We skipped the swing and went with a bouncer. This one is minimal (and dare I say, almost beautiful?), washes and stores easily, and is light and easy to move around the house. Also folds for storage. Look on CL before you blow $150."
$173.55   Used & New from: $169.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (413 customer reviews)

Baby Jogger 2013 City Select Single Stroller, Onyx (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
5.  Baby Jogger 2013 City Select Single Stroller, Onyx (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Baby Jogger
The list author says:
  "If you're going to splurge on a stroller, this might just be the one, especially if you're considering another kid or two in the future. It's remarkably compact considering its double capabilities."
$449.95   Used & New from: $439.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

Maclaren Techno Stroller XT Stroller, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
6.  Maclaren Techno Stroller XT Stroller, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Maclaren
The list author says:
  "A great stroller, also perfect for traveling with."
$355.00   Used & New from: $345.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Mountain Buggy Foot Muff Black One Size
7.  Mountain Buggy Foot Muff Black One Size by Mountain Buggy
The list author says:
  "Some sort of bunting for the stroller (and car seat) is essential if you want to leave the house between November-April. JJ Cole is ubiquitous, 7 A.M. Enfant is super nice but also super pricey ... pick your poison."
$79.99
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

WeeRide Kangaroo Child Bike Seat
8.  WeeRide Kangaroo Child Bike Seat by WeeRide
The list author says:
  "Our other mode of transportation. There are lots of options and price points for kid's bike seats. So fun and such a great way to get around the city."
$64.35   Used & New from: $54.44
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (604 customer reviews)

phil&teds Metoo Highchair, Black
9.  phil&teds Metoo Highchair, Black by phil&teds
The list author says:
  "Why have a high chair taking up a bunch of space in your apartment? Get a clip-on high chair or booster seat instead and put down a plastic placemat for easy clean-up. Phil&Teds and Inglesina both make ones that pack down to a relatively reasonable size, if you want to bring it along."
$57.06   Used & New from: $49.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

Skip Hop Pronto Diaper Changing Kit, Wave Dot
10.  Skip Hop Pronto Diaper Changing Kit, Wave Dot by Skip Hop
The list author says:
  "Skip the diaper bag madness (most of them are over-priced or ugly anyway) and get one of these. The changing mat unzips from the pocket if you want to go even more minimal. We use the changing mat around the house as well as out and about."
$22.71   Used & New from: $18.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)

Baggu Striped Zip Set - Medium
11.  Baggu Striped Zip Set - Medium by BAGGU
The list author says:
  "People are always raving about all the pockets in their diaper bag. Well, get yourself a few Baggu zipper bags - one for diapers, one for toys, one for extra clothes, etc - stick them in your bag, and you're good to go. They're also great for packing, make-up, pens, and a million other things."
Out of stock
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Boppy Bare Naked Pillow
12.  Boppy Bare Naked Pillow by Boppy
The list author says:
  "Yeah, yeah, the Boppy. I was a skeptic too. But when you're nursing for what feels like the 100th time in any given day, it's nice to be able to hold a book, drink a glass of water, use your both hands, and save your back. Get the water resistant protective cover (things can get messy) and whatever other cotton cover suits your fancy."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)

aden + anais rayon from bamboo fiber muslin swaddle 3-pack, mela
13.  aden + anais rayon from bamboo fiber muslin swaddle 3-pack, mela by aden + anais
The list author says:
  "There's a reason everyone has these ... they're beautiful. Pricey, yes, but really, how many blankets do you actually need?"
$38.32   Used & New from: $35.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (645 customer reviews)

Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle Blanket, Beige
14.  Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle Blanket, Beige by Miracle Blanket
The list author says:
  "Also a pricey item, but get 2 and you should be set. That way you won't be in a bind when 1 gets poop on it (oh yes). Skip the ones with velcro and all the bells & whistles; these suckers are simple and they work. Also, gender neutral so they'll last you through multiple kids."
$31.99   Used & New from: $28.95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,183 customer reviews)

Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper Original Bassinet, Natural (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
15.  Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper Original Bassinet, Natural (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by CO-sleeper Bassinet
The list author says:
  "A life-saver, especially in the first few months of sleep deprivation. Find 1 on craigslist for half the price and go for the mini if you're cramped on space. Turns into a pack-n-play too."
Out of stock
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
16.  Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Summer Infant
The list author says:
  "We skipped the changing table and have this on top of a dresser ... it works but it's not pretty."
$20.59   Used & New from: $14.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (473 customer reviews)

Haier HLP21N Pulsator 1-Cubic-Foot Portable Washer
17.  Haier HLP21N Pulsator 1-Cubic-Foot Portable Washer by Haier
The list author says:
  "Rejoice, apartment dwellers! Here's the washing machine of your dreams! We don't have in-unit or building washer/dryer, so this was our solution. It hooks up to the bathroom or kitchen sink, has wheels so it's easy to roll away into the closet, and has saved us many a trip to the laundromat. Washes a surprisingly large load. Totally worth every $$."
$298.59   Used & New from: $229.00
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (537 customer reviews)

Leachco Safer Bather Infant Bath Pad, Blue Fish
18.  Leachco Safer Bather Infant Bath Pad, Blue Fish by Leachco
The list author says:
  "Do yourself a huge favor and don't get a baby bath tub. Go for a bath sponge or pad: they take up far less space, work in the sink or the tub, and when your little one starts refusing to lie down to take a bath, they can sit on the pad instead of the slippery hard tub."
$19.99   Used & New from: $16.39
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (912 customer reviews)

NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator
19.  NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator by FridaBaby
The list author says:
  "Seriously, forget the blue bulb aspirators and put this thing in your cart right now."
$15.99   Used & New from: $9.80
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,919 customer reviews)

Cuisinart HB-154PC Smart Stick Hand Blender With Whisk & Chopper Attachments - Club Model
20.  Cuisinart HB-154PC Smart Stick Hand Blender With Whisk & Chopper Attachments - Club Model by Cuisinart
$69.95   Used & New from: $34.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)

Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, Ladybug
21.  Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, Ladybug by Prince Lionheart
The list author says:
  "Perfect size for an apartment."
$47.66   Used & New from: $41.46
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (568 customer reviews)

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Qualifications: Urban apartment dweller, minimalist, surviving life sans car.
Last updated: 1/27/13
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